I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching over here when it comes to my biz. Never in a gazillion light years would I have thought that starting this blog in 2005 would have led to such life changing experiences for me, including finding my way into a creative life and career. I like to think that my story is not exceptional and not unlike so many of us who simply follow the call of their hearts, trusting that the path, despite the debris fields of gremlins (Who do you think you are? You’re not allowed to want what you want. Etc, etc), will never fail us. Sure, there will be lots of “fails” when it comes to how to do certain tasks, but not in the bigger sense of perspective, not when it comes to shaping who we are, what we’re here to do, and why we’re here to do it. I believe in trusting the calls, the whispers, what delights us, and what is nudging at us for more attention. I believe, ultimately, nothing fails.
But lately, as I’ve written about recently, I can sense that I am evolving in big ways, and thus my business/brand is evolving, too. I believe our business are living breathing entities. I believe that our souls – the essence of who we are – are what make each of us extraordinary and I believe, if nurtured and aligned with who we are, our businesses can be extraordinary, too. But just as we change alignment, and especially if we ARE the business/brand, it’s only natural for our brands to evolve, too.
It’s not been easy, navigating this evolution, and it has often felt like like a weird void of frustration, but after months of re-envisioning, daydreaming, and lots of soulful strategizing conversation, I can begin to see a clearer direction coming into focus when it comes to my offerings in art & licensing world, and most especially when it comes to my stepping into all the ways I want to teach. I am beyond excited for what’s to come, and often find myself inside long moments when I can feel what the future holds bubbling up inside of me. Best feeling ever.
A big exciting part of this particular transition for me and my biz is having an opportunity to grow my team here in Portland. Friends, meet Nichole. She’s my new Community Care & Engagement Manager. Isn’t she adorbs? She’s been in her new role for about 5 weeks now, and I can sense that this is going to be a fantastic partnership. She is super smart, funny (like, LOL funny), talented, and has a wonderful way of elevating the thoughtfulness around all that we’re building. And she’s already been deeply touched and inspired by my online community – you guys are so welcoming! You can learn more about Nichole over here on her music site
(Hello, gorgeous music. I am a fan.) as well as on her podcast site
(Hello, brave honest heart.).
The other day Nichole and I went to see a potential new studio/office space (I think we might take it!). Because the space is still being renovated, we had to wear safety gear, and we geeked out for a fun photo op. Anyway, you can’t see them in this photo, but Nichole is wearing overalls. I couldn’t resist!
Within minutes of seeing her in overalls, I ordered a pair, too. For a girl who wore overalls non-stop in the 90’s, I cannot tell you how happy this purchase made me. Who knew overalls are back? Even better? They’re from Amazon!
So there you have it. Nichole is awesome. And if I hadn’t known it already, I would have certainly figured it out the second she came to work in overalls.
It’s hard to be believe it all starts again in three weeks. I had the time of my life creating this ecourse and I’m eager to share it with another tribe of students. The other day one of my previous students left a message for future students on my FB page. I thought it was pretty adorbs. She said “Your new students have no idea what is about to happen in their lives. Great decision people, you will love every minute of Kelly’s class and treasure your time learning and sharing with your classmates. Best decision I ever made. Have fun, everyone!” Thank you, Jeanie Martin. You captured the anticipation and enthusiasm exactly. Friends, come join me for round 2 of this class! I’d love to get to know you and watch you surprise yourself as you unleash your joy!